Johannesburg, 29 January 2018 – The Grand Finale of Top Model South Africa (TMSA), the most prestigious model search in the country, will be hosted on the 17th of February 2018, in the Big Top Arena at Carnival City.

TMSA is without a doubt the biggest platform for new models to be discovered in South Africa. The winners (one male and one female) will walk away with a number of phenomenal prizes, including management contracts with some of SA’s top model agencies, an editorial spread with Maxim magazine, and a portfolio shoot with top photographer, Amorie Pearson.

“It is amazing to see the change Top Model South Africa brings to people’s lives, not only for the two winners, but for every single contestant,” says Suzette Marais, CEO of Top Model  South Africa. “This is not merely a modelling competition. Yes, we strive to discover new talent and give them a platform, but we also help develop their social skills,” continues Suzette. “They receive advice from the best mentors and industry professionals, and we try our best to prepare them for what is known as an extremely harsh industry. In the process we become like a family to them.”

Last year’s winners, Deidré Engelbrecht (23) and Dean Alberts (19), haven’t looked back since they walked away with this esteemed title. Deidré, originally from Pretoria in Gauteng, is with Ice Models in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The 1.82m tall beauty is currently one of SA’s most sought after runway models, and has walked for top fashion designers including Gert-Johan Coetzee, Ryan Keys and Chinese couturier, Chu Yan. She has since also signed with The Campbell Agency in Dallas, Texas.

The energetic and vibrant youngster, Dean, all the way from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, is signed with Boss Models in Johannesburg and Contact Model Management in Cape Town. It was evident from the start he has what it takes when he booked Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and a spread in Men’s Fitness SA magazine, as two of his earliest modelling jobs. The female winner of TMSA will also have the opportunity to compete in London for the international title, Top Model Worldwide. We are proud to mention that two of TMSA’s previous winners went on to win the global title, Nirelda Andreke (2014) and Anri Pretorius (2016). This achievement immediately elevates Top Model South Africa to an international platform. The current titleholder of Top Model Worldwide, Russian model Viktorija Kartanovič, will actually be attending the Grand Finale at Carnival City.

The production of this year’s event will once again be managed by renowned Producer and Choreographer, Willie Venter, and will feature designs by Kyna Consili, Dress Me Tonight (Rozanne Georghiou), Claris (Gerrit Pienaar), AVD Couture (Adriaan van Wyk), Michelle Mouton, Couture Esperanza (Abolaji Aremu), Black Tie and The Dapper Toad. The Grand Finale of Top Model South Africa is set to be a highlight on this year’s calendar, filled with red carpet glamour, spectacular fashion, and attended by A-list celebrities and top media alike.

Time: 19h00 (Entrance registration starts at 18h00 – No children under 12)
Dress code: Fashionable in black or metallics
Tickets available at

Top Model South Africa (TMSA):

Top Model South Africa was started in 2013 by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Suzette Marais.
Entries are open for anyone, with professional Scouts travelling all over the country to find that special
talent. Last year also featured a brand new category called “Fresh Face”, for those boys or girls who
don’t qualify for the international model height requirements.

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